First Press Conference for New Arsenal Boss

New Arsenal manager Gray Surman has been introduced to the media at the Emirate Stadium in club’s first press day with their new man in charge and the Canadian spoke assertively about his return to club football, and to the stadium he’d visited twice before with Wigan and Dortmund.

Surman’s first trip here was in November 2012 with his Wigan Athletic side winning 1-0 in the Premier League clash, and he visited again with Borussia Dortmund the following year in an entertaining 2-2 Champions League Group Stage draw in December 2013.

Surman has faced Arsenal on four other occasions: a 3-2 FA Cup win in Wigan in January 2013, followed by a 1-1 draw in the Premier League at the DW stadium. In the Champions League, Surman’s Dortmund side won 2-0 at Signal Iduna Park and – most recently – the clubs met in the 2014 UEFA Super Cup with Dortmund winning a five-goal thriller in Cardiff.

During the press conference, Surman revealed that midfielder Jos Verniers had signed a new four-year extension with the club on an increased wage of £50,000 p/w, and spoke about retaining the services of defender Laurent Koscielny and want-away midfidler Jack Wilshere who are both rumoured to be on their way out of Arsenal this summer.

Before Surman spoke, a representative of the Arsenal board announced that the club had sold 22,480 season tickets so far this summer and following Surman’s arrival they were anticipating selling a total of 41,000 before the season kicks-off on 18 August.

Rumours are that Arsenal are in talks with Dortmund over the services of right-back Julian Koch, and may have thrown their hat in the ring late on to scupper the deal taking Serbian striker Marko Obradovic® from Monaco to Manchester United.

FanTV reported afterwards that Koscielny, Vedran Corluka, and Santi Cazorla had all “liked” posts on the club’s social media that featured video clips of Surman’s Q&A.


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In attendance are Sky Sports News, London Evening Standard,
TEAMtalk, Guardian, Football365, Daily Mirror, and The Metro.

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Introducing former-Wigan and Dortmund head coach Gray Surman
as the new First Team Manager here at the Emirates Stadium in London.


“I am absolutely delighted to be here, and be back at the business end of a top club. I’m looking forward to being involved from the seniors to the academy, encouraging attractive football in partnership with the key Arsenal philosophy of nurturing youth on their way into the first team.

“The achievements of the club in Europe over the last three seasons have been great, but my main focus will be on the Premier League and getting the club back in the top four and back in the Champions League. That’s not to diminish any cup competitions we find ourselves in, as a winning run always brings a great morale boost to any squad.

“The backroom staff here are part of a fantastic setup and I feel it would be foolish to meddle with that. They have the experience of the players here. As much as I am very fond of my staff from Dortmund, we haven’t worked with each other for three years and I don’t want to disrupt their various projects.

“I’m aware that Laurent has been linked with other clubs, but I feel he would be an integral part of any title-chasing defence and I’ll do my utmost to keep him here. Similarly, Jack had made his feelings known to the previous management of his desire to move on from Arsenal, but I will take time to sit down with him and see if we’re on the same page with regards to what we should be achieving this season.

“The facilities here are wonderful with a high quality of players and staff so it’s unlikely that I’ll be making sweeping changes at any level. Though with new management comes a new opportunity to inject new life into any squad. I’m keen to add two or three faces to add depth to the squad and provide some competition in key areas.

“We could be a little light at the back should any long-term injuries fall our way by the time the Europa League starts. A World Cup year is always one where some big names make moves, and I’ll be keeping tabs on who could be available for us. We have already made enquiries with a couple of clubs with regards to potential deals, and more details will follow should we enter deeper discussions.

“There’s money in the kitty, and the chairman has provided the facility to increase our current wage budget by about a third of current spending to accommodate additions to the squad, including any contract renewals this season. Jos is a player I’m looking forward to working with again, and I’m pleased to announce that he has agreed a new four-year deal after my arrival here.”

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Loanees Return to Signal Iduna Park

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The club has welcomed back sixteen players to Signal Iduna Park that spent the last season out on loan, though two of those – Mustafa Amini (with Australia at the Asian U22 Championship) and Marvin Ducksch – have been released after not being offered new contracts.

Kevin Großkreutz and Leonardo Bittencourt return from top-flight action overseas having been on loan at AC Milan and Ajax respectively, while Ogün Gümüstas was at Energie Cottbus who won promotion to 1.Bundesliga, and Marc Hornschuh spent the season at 3.Liga title-winners Sandhausen.

PLAYER            POS  LOAN CLUB     DIV  APP GLS AST POM  AVE
Mustafa AMINI     AMC  Sandhausen    3L   27   5   3   2   6.85
Leo BITTENCOURT   AMC  Ajax          INT  30   5   3   0   6.83
Marcel DEELEN     DL   Rostock       2BL   5   0   1   0   6.38
Nils DIETZ        DM   Aalen         3L   24   0   1   0   6.42
Marvin DUCKSCH    ST   Darmstadt     REG  32   8   3   0   6.72
Jeremy DUDZIAK    MC   Ingolstadt    2BL  13   0   2   0   6.56
Erik DURM         ST   Braunschweig  2BL  32  13   2   2   6.96
Paul EHMANN       DM   Oberhausen    REG  35   1   2   0   6.18
Kevin GROßKREUTZ  AML  AC Milan      INT   8   1   0   0   6.76
Ogün GÜMÜSTAS     ST   Cottbus       2BL   1   0   0   0   6.30
Koray GÜNTER      DC   St Pauli      2BL  29   3   0   3   7.03
Marc HORNSCHUH    DC   Sandhausen    3L   37   1   4   2   6.97
Florian HÜBNER    DC   Braunschweig  2BL  31   0   1   1   6.59
Kai KAUL          DC   Offenbach     U19   0   0   0   0   -
Hervé MATTHYS     DC   Darmstadt     REG  17   0   1   1   6.62
Thomas MEIßNER    DC   Aachen        2BL  30   1   0   0   6.54

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Blackpool have announced that Millwall boss Derek Adams will be their new manager, after the 40 year-old Scot left his post at The Den yesterday. Adams guided Millwall to 16th in the Championship last season, but were knocked out of both domestic cups at the first hurdles.

Former Valladolid manager Miroslav Djukic has been appointed as the new man in charge of Racing Santander. The 49 year-old, capped 49 times by Serbia, had been out of top-flight management since being dismissed by Valladolid in November 2013.

BVB Review: Hummels Fans’ Player of Year

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As the club awaits the release of the 1.Bundesliga fixtures tomorrow, a spokesman for the official Dortmund supporters’ club has announced that club captain Mats Hummels is the Fans’ Player of the Year for the second successive season.

The Dortmund Best XI for the past season has also been named, with no great surprises as First Team Manager Gray Surman’s strongest eleven all being represented, including summer signings Lars Bender, top scorer Stevan Jovetic, and André Schürrle.

The substitutes were named as Heinz Lindner, Felipe Santana, Dennis Praet, Ivan Perisic, Robert Lewandowski, Andreas Beck, and Viktor Fischer. Mario Götze finished the season as the leading assist creator in 1.Bundesliga with eleven.

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Europe’s Best Player

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Cristiano Ronaldo has received the Best Player in Europe Award from UEFA at a ceremony in Nyon today, after his 24 goals and 8 assists in 44 games helped Real Madrid to a domestic treble and fourth-straight La Liga title.

Second place went to Sergio Agüero of Manchester City who scored 25 times and made 13 assists in his 54 appearances this season including a hat-trick in the Europa League Final. Domestically, they were beaten to the Premier League title on goal difference by Manchester United, but lifted the FA Cup after Agüero’s opener against WBA.

Wayne Rooney polled third after he scored 22 times in 55 games for Manchester United and England over the past season, also making 11 assists. United retained the Premier League this season, and reached the Champions League final four.


Borussia Dortmund have announced that teenage striker Quirin Riemann has signed his first professional contract after he turned 17 on Thursday. Riemann has committed to the club until the summer of 2018, and will likely be sent out on loan next season.


In other news, French clubs Arles-Avignon, Evian, and RC Lens have all appointed new managers, hiring Peter Maes, Eric Hély, and Laurent Guyot respectively. Lastly, Belgian top-flight side Westerlo have appointed Harry van den Ham as their new man in charge.

Twenty-Five International Call-Ups For Dortmund

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Eight players from Borussia Dortmund have been selected by Joachim Löw for Germany’s Euro 2016 Qualifiers in Leichtenstein and Denmark early next month, while seven other senior players received nods, as did ten members of the BVB academy.

In the German squad for the games on 05 and 09 June are Andreas Beck, Lars Bender, Mario Götze, Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Julian Schieber, Marcel Schmelzer, and André Schürrle. Sven Bender misses out with a broken collarbone.

Jos Verniers has received his first senior international call-up as he joins Dennis Praet in the Belgian squad for their qualifiers in Scotland and Malta. Praet won his first call-up for the senior side back in November, but didn’t feature in their friendly against Turkey.

Heinz Lindner will win his seventh cap if he starts in goal for Austria in either of their games in Hungary or Albania, Ivan Perisic is in the Croatian squad, Viktor Fischer has been selected by Denmark (who play Germany), Neven Subotic has been called-up by Serbia, and Stevan Jovetic will join the Montenegro squad next week.

 THU 04 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U21    H v Croatia
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U21    H v Montenegro
  * Wout DEVRIENDT       Belgium U21    H v Montenegro
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    A v Benin
  * Koray GÜNTER         Turkey U21     A v Iceland
  * Ogün GÜMÜSTAS        Turkey U21     A v Iceland
  * Ledian JUSUFI        Albania U21    H v Greece
  * Emiliano MANCINELLI  Italy U21      H v Australia
  * Herve MATTHYS        Belgium U19    H v Bulgaria
  * Ivan SHAPOVALOV      Ukraine U21    H v Andorra

 FRI 05 JUNE, UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 QUALIFIERS

  * Andreas BECK         Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        H v Lithuania
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        A v Hungary
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        H v Belarus
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Scotland
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Kazakhstan
  * Marco REUS           Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        A v Liechtenstein
  * Jos VERNIERS         Belgium        A v Scotland

 FRI 05 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY (SENIOR)

  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     A v Slovenia

 MON 08 JUNE, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U21    H v South Korea
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U21    H v Switzerland
  * Wout DEVRIENDT       Belgium U21    H v Switzerland
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    H v Mexico
  * Koray GÜNTER         Turkey U21     A v Cyprus
  * Ogün GÜMÜSTAS        Turkey U21     A v Cyprus
  * Ledian JUSUFI        Albania U21    A v Romania
  * Herve MATTHYS        Belgium U19    A v Denmark
  * Ivan SHAPOVALOV      Ukraine U21    A v Israel

 TUE 09 JUNE, UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 QUALIFIERS

  * Andreas BECK         Germany        A v Denmark
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        A v Denmark
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        H v Germany
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        A v Denmark
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        A v Denmark
  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     H v Lithuania
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        A v Armenia
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        A v Serbia
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Malta
  * Marco REUS           Germany        A v Denmark
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        A v Denmark
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        A v Denmark
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        A v Denmark
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Croatia
  * Jos VERNIERS         Belgium        A v Malta

Amini and Duksch Set For Release In Summer

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Borussia Dortmund have announced that Mustafa Amini and Marvin Ducksch will be released by the club when their current contracts expire at the end of June. Australian U21 midfielder Amini has spent the season on-loan at third-tier SV Sandhausen, making 27 appearances and scoring 5 goals.

Ducksch is on loan at fourth-tier Darmstadt where the 21 year-old striker has found the back of the net 13 times in 41 appearances in all competitions but has been out for the last month after straining knee ligaments in training.

Conversely, two 19 year-olds have been given new two-year contract extensions by the club. Both Hendrik Brauer and Nils Lennard Dietz have signed to the summer of 2018. Brauer has played well for BVB’s U19 side this season at centre-back, while Dietz is on loan at 3.Liga side Aalen and has made 24 appearances.